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  • Berry Street Education Model (BSEM)


    Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion

    Program Description

    The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) provides strategies for teaching and learning that enables engagement with:
    • Students with complex, unmet learning needs
    • Improve students' self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing and academic achievement.

    The BSEM incorporates trauma-informed teaching, positive education, and wellbeing practices.
    The model offers a suite of:
    • Professional development
    • Consultation and mentoring opportunities for school leaders and teachers

    Detailed Cost

    There is a set price for the 4-day program dependent on the number of participants. All prices include GST.

    - Up to 20 participants: $15,000 inclusive of a set of 5 workbooks
    - 20 to 40 participants: $16,500 inclusive of a set of 5 workbooks
    - 40 to 60 participants: $18,700 plus $50 per person for a set of five workbooks
    - 60 to 120 participants: $21,900 plus $50 per person for a set of five workbooks
    - 120 to 180 participants: $23,100 plus $50 per person for a set of five workbooks

    The cost of each masterclass is $350 (inc. GST) per person. For school leaders the Berry Street Education Model Leadership Program 2-day course is $1,200 (inc. GST) per person. One day of a consultant's time is $2,5000 (inc. GST).

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: Teachers, wellbeing staff, school leadership teams, and allied education professionals.

    Program adaptability: Training is adapted based on school needs e.g. if the school has already implemented trauma-informed or positive education. BSEM is also adapted to meet the culturally-specific needs within local communities in addition to the strategic aims of school leadership teams identified within each school’s annual improvement and strategic plans.

    Staffing: Most schools complete the course over 18 months using pupil-free days so there are no staffing or backfill requirements.

    Training requirements: The program is delivered through a four-day professional learning course, in-person when possible (or equivalent if blended with online delivery). Technology requirements involve visual projectors for presentations and sound.

    Factors to consider: There is no minimum number of participants required for schools to participate; however, in small schools (with less than 30 staff members) it is recommended to join with a neighbouring school to help defray travel costs for our training team and enable cost-effective delivery.

    Australian context: The program has been developed and applied in Australia.

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 3: Foundational and emerging evidence for program

    Geographic Location


    Intended Outcomes

    • Increased educator knowledge of trauma and its impacts
    • Increased educator knowledge of strategies to support ALL students, especially vulnerable students
    • Increased student attendance and engagement
    • Decreased challenging student behaviours